Arsenal’s trip to West Ham is going to have a big say on their title challenge as well as the Hammers’ pursuit of a top-four finish.
Going into this match, the Gunners are 11 points off table-topping Leicester City with only seven games remaining and a loss would see their quest for a first Premier League title since 2004 realistically end.
Meanwhile, Slaven Bilic’s men are three points off fourth-placed Manchester City and a win would see them only need to overturn goal difference to get in to the coveted Champions League qualification places, with the Citizens not playing until later in the day.
The east Londoners haven’t taken part in Europe’s top competition and managing to reach it this season would be a historic accomplishment, adding more importance to their clash with Arsenal.
Win, Lose or Draw
The Gunners prepare for their last ever trip to Upton Park knowing it’s a ground they have done well at before.
Arsene Wenger’s men have won their last five trips to the Boleyn Ground across all competitions and have only lost one of their last 13 trips to the stadium, emerging victorious in eight of those clashes.
Arsenal go in to this match on the back of two consecutive wins in the Premier League and going to a venue where they do so well on the back of such form is surely going to boost their chances.
Furthermore, the north Londoners have scored six and conceded none in those games after a run of three matches without a win saw them fall behind in the title race.
The Hammers have found the net seven times in their last three Premier League outings so, despite it looking like Arsenal will win, it is unlikely the Gunners will be able to complete a hattrick of clean sheets.
Indeed, West Ham have only failed to score in five top-flight matches this term and have put the ball in each of Arsenal’s last three visits to Upton Park.
Recommended bet: Arsenal to win and both teams to score @ 11/4
This is a fixture that usually guarantees goals, with all but one of their last eight meetings seeing the net bulge at least three times.
Indeed, the average amount of strikes in this run is 3.6 and it would be sensible to expect a similar outcome this time round.
Furthermore, only one of their last three meetings in east London has seen the two manage to find the net less than four times.
Looking at how both sides have done in their recent fixtures also suggests that the strikers will be in for a good afternoon.
The Hammers have been involved in clashes that have seen over 3.5 goals in all three of their last Premier League outings.
Meanwhile, Arsenal have done the same in three of their previous five matches across all competitions.
Recommended bet: Over 3.5 goals @ 37/20
Who’s going to score?
Alex Iwobi marked his first ever Premier League appearance with a goal against Everton in a 2-0 win.
He followed it up with another strike as the Gunners romped to a 4-0 win to get revenge on Watford for knocking them out of the FA Cup.
Making it three in three may seem like a big ask, but, considering this should be a high-scoring game, there’s no reason why Iwobi can’t get in on the action.
Recommended bet: Alex Iwobi to score @ 5/2
Michail Antonio has scored in three of West Ham’s last four home games across all competitions.
The winger has struck against Tottenham Hotspur, Sunderland and Liverpool, with his goals against two of the Premier League’s ‘big six’ proving he can do it against high-calibre opposition.
Furthermore, all of those strikes opened the scoring in those matches and all came in the first half.
Clearly, the 26-year-old knows how to fly off the blocks and his chances of doing so again are sure to increase in what will be a high-scoring encounter.
Recommended bet: Michail Antonio to score first @ 21/2